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Old 03-24-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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I have recently moved to NYC and plan to take a 2bed Apartment in NJ (budget upto 3500 a month). I'm currently considering Hoboken, New Port, Exchange Place in the particular order.

My office is in Mid town and wife is yet to pick a job.
We need to find a day care and preschool for our son (turning 3), so access to schooling is important
I feel Hoboken has better community feeling compared to New Port and Exchange place, but spacious well maintained apartments close to PATH seems to hit $3750 mark
Would prefer a Apartment complex close to transportation (e.g. PATH) with some facilities, kids area, open space.

Any suggestions on the possible options and comparison between these options will be much appreciated.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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I would probably go with exchange place and while there wait see how much your wife makes. IF your wife gets something allows you to move, move to Hoboken. Hoboken can very expensive. I know the child care centers around here is also limited. If you don't get your children on wait lists around here, they won't even get into the private preschools. I also know some schools also offer free prek, but that has to do with income guidelines.

Anyway, I would move on finding prek for your child. Now, is the time when people start registering their child for next year. If you don't by May, you'll either have no where for him or a place worse than nowhere.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:35 AM
 
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Will you be moving somewhere else before your child begins Kindergarten?
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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Will you be moving somewhere else before your child begins Kindergarten?
For what it's worth, the public elementary school covering Paulus Hook/Exchange Place (Bradford) is very good, so public schools would not be a concern until the child is middle school-aged. See: http://www.greatschools.org/new-jers...entary-School/

Newport's elementary school (Cordero) is not so highly regarded, however.

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:02 AM
 
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Around Hobo/Exchange place the area is very pricey and not good for families in general. Too much traffic and very noisy compare to other nearby towns. I would look further away, having the PATH train nearby is a mixed blessing. For $3500 rent you can rent some really nice places in NJ and still have great access to mass transit into NYC.

Being so close to NYC has its plus and minus. For example the Hoboken area has really bad flooding and it has been flooded more than twice in the last 2 years because of poor drainage.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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Hi Amrish,

No one solution fits all. The recommendations of the location will have to fit your particular lifestyle and expectations, beyond the logistics you mention. Some prefer to get further into the suburbs on a main commute line, where they can generally afford more comfort for the same money, others prefer the immediacy of closeness to the city.

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Old 03-25-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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Around Hobo/Exchange place the area is very pricey and not good for families in general. Too much traffic and very noisy compare to other nearby towns. I would look further away, having the PATH train nearby is a mixed blessing. For $3500 rent you can rent some really nice places in NJ and still have great access to mass transit into NYC.

Being so close to NYC has its plus and minus. For example the Hoboken area has really bad flooding and it has been flooded more than twice in the last 2 years because of poor drainage.
Only if you're in the wrong area. Far western and far southern Hoboken floods, but most of Hoboken does not.

And presumably the OP knows they want to live in an urban area. Not everyone prefers the suburbs.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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Only if you're in the wrong area. Far western and far southern Hoboken floods, but most of Hoboken does not.

And presumably the OP knows they want to live in an urban area. Not everyone prefers the suburbs.


I am in similar situation and my highest priorities (besides safety) are good school and <1 hour commute to midtown. I heard public schools in jersey city aren't that great in general but saw that PS 16(Bradford) has good ratings. My son would be starting kindergarten this year, so would this be a good choice? Any other suggestions for schools.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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I am in similar situation and my highest priorities (besides safety) are good school and <1 hour commute to midtown. I heard public schools in jersey city aren't that great in general but saw that PS 16(Bradford) has good ratings. My son would be starting kindergarten this year, so would this be a good choice? Any other suggestions for schools.
You do not want to live in Hudsn County with school-age children, unless you're using private schools.

Even if you use private schools, one problem is that it is a very transient area. Most families with kids move out of Hudson County before Kindergarten. The few that don't than end up leaving year-by-year. So, as soon as your child makes a friend, that friend will be gone.

Another issue is that if your child needs any special services than you will not get them in Hudson County.

Some towns in Bergen County have excellent schools.

In Mercer County some good school districts are Princeton, and West-Windsor Plainsboro.

There are plenty of good school districts in NJ. Stay away from Hudson County.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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1) There is a light rail that runs through Hoboken that can take you directly to the PATH at Newport or Hoboken (or all the way down to Exchange Place, as I like to ride it). The two path stations are located at 2nd street and 9th street in Hoboken. The apartments close to these light rail stations are modern construction and likely to have better square footage/pricing than the ones closer to the PATH. However, they are probably not "cheap".

2) If you don't live near a PATH or a light rail station then you can take the bus.

3) Weehawken has the best public schools in the area. If you live in Weehawken you can commute to the PABT via the 123 bus. It takes 10 minutes.

4) Lots of people in Newport have kids but most family oriented people now prefer to live in DTJC (Grove Street PATH). Cornelia Bradford is the only decent public elementary in JC. Everyone else mad-rushes for the charter schools or goes private. The same is true of Hoboken.

5) The hipster/creatives/yuppies in search of space live on the eastern end of the Heights, known as Riverview. It's safe and the homes are beautiful but if you are not used to urban areas it will probably freak you out.

J Square and Greenville are well connected but the crime was too much for my taste. I chose to throw in my lot with the hipster creatives in Riverview. However, my building is mostly made up of lawyers and consultants for Deloitte. My husband and I are management consultants. We all commute to Manhattan via Light Rail (the Heights sits on top of the cliffs directly above both stations down in Hoboken) or the jitneys/123 bus to PABT. Everyone has their kid in a charter school.

Weehawken is my top choice if and when we move.
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